The legend of George S. Patton is one of triumph touched by controversy. He delivered both in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, setting the stage for the campaign that would cement his name in the pantheon of American military history: the 1944-45 invasion and liberation of Western Europe.
Military historian Harry S. Laver of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College looks back at Paris’ deliverance in 1944 from more than four years of German occupation and brutality. It didn’t come easily.
Neighbors from the Red Planet arrive under a pretense of peace, but it soon becomes clear their real intent is to colonize and conquer. Maybe vaporizing Congress was the first clue. Tim Burton directs an all-star cast including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Slim Whitman upstages them all.
In a discussion of her book Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Identity, University of North Dakota historian Cynthia Prescott walks through the proliferation, wane, and rediscovery of memorials to sainted pioneer women – in the Kansas City region and across the nation.
There was much more to celebrated gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson than the drug- and booze-addled caricature he fostered in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works. In a discussion of his book Freak Kingdom, George Mason University’s Timothy Denevi takes stock of a forceful literary and political journalist who was in his prime from 1963 through Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
This animated arachnopalooza spins a web of multidimensional adventure. Young Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) gets the radioactive spider bite that renders him Spider-Man in his world. He joins Spider-folk from alternate realities (including Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, John Mulaney, and Nicolas Cage) to stop the villainous Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) from destroying the fabric of the entire universe.